Bariatric Procedures Offered at Piedmont
Piedmont offers three leading bariatric weight loss solutions using the latest innovations in laparoscopic surgery. Using this modern, minimally invasive technique, surgeons insert laparoscopes, or thin tubes with attached video cameras, into small abdominal incisions to view the area on which surgery is being performed. This type of surgery usually results in reduced pain and faster recovery times.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
A gastric bypass procedure reduces the size of your stomach by creating a small stomach pouch using a stapler device. The small intestine is then rearranged to connect to the small pouch, resulting in a Y-shaped configuration. The overall effect is to limit the amount of food intake and amount of calories your body can absorb.
A sleeve gastrectomy removes a large portion of your stomach by dividing it vertically using a stapler device. The remaining portion of your stomach is slender and tube-shaped and limits the amount of food you can consume.
The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)
The BPD/DS is a complex procedure with two surgical components designed for people who are super morbidly obese. First, a smaller, tubular pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach, which is identical to the sleeve gastrectomy. Second, the small intestine rerouted to bypass a significant portion of the intestine. This leads to rapid weight loss and improved diabetes, but can cause significant vitamin deficiency and diarrhea.
What are the risks of surgery?
Every surgery comes with risks, including bariatric surgery. The risks are different for each patient. However, your bariatric surgeon will explain your particular risks in detail, based on your medical history.